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    Speak of the devil; just got a copy of the concerto in the mail today (whole score). Super cool that he performed it!
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    Just listened to this new recording:



    Kalevi Aho: Concerto for Theremin and Chamber Orchestra "The Eight Seasons" (2011), paired with his horn concerto (2011) - far less interesting.

    Amazing! The composer exploited all different possibilities of the instrument...sometime it sounds like a violin, some other time like a human voice...

    This is taken from the CD booklet, Aho's words:
    I composed the concerto in the autumn of 2011. The work is dedicated to Carolina Eyck and bears the title Eight Seasons – and its eight movements, played with out a break, are just like a musical year; since ancient times the Sami people (the original inhabitants of Lapland) have divided the course of the year into eight sections.
    My choice to use an electronic instrument to depict the course of the year in the far North reflects the shamanistic aspect of the instrument. To hear the theremin as a solo instrument can be a magical experience for the listener. The soloist is like a magician, a weaver of spells, producing music just by moving his hands without touching the instrument at all.

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    I'd love one of these, amazing device. There was one being set up in Durham Cathedral last time I was there but I was unable to attend the concert.
    I'm playing the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order!

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    The very wonderful Portishead use one on the song Mysterons.

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    Fazil Say uses a Theremin (among many other crazy things) in his 3rd symphony Universe.
    You can hear & see it at 9:20 for example.


    Fluctuat nec mergitur

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    Miklos Rozsa's Spellbound Concerto uses the theremin.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jdo3ygaADk (theremin section only.)

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    I've tried...and tried...and tried again, but absolutely cannot get used to the Theremin sound. It tends to grate on my ears and nerves. I was brought up on classical music - heading towards becoming a concert pianist at one point in my life, then switched to the vocal arts - including opera. To me, there's something unnatural about the sound it produces. Does anyone else feel that way? Or...am I t total outsider?!?!?!

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